This lovable yellow monster goes by the name Yuki-taro, and he
snow with a single-minded passion. He relies on GPS and a pair of video camera “eyes” to seek out snow and shovel it into his gaping maw. Once firmly seated in his innards, the snow is compacted into hard cubes that are then, erm,
from the rear of the robot (perfect for igloo building!).
While Yuki-taro is not yet for sale on the general market, the developers hope he’ll be available within five years for a little over $8,000. Which means by the time I’m old enough to have children, they won’t have to go out and shovel.